Land and Grounds

The campus encompasses nearly 1,000 acres in the Hudson River Valley, in the Town of Red Hook, New York. The developed portion of campus occupies about 100 acres; the remainder comprises meadows, forests, wetlands, tidal estuary, and the Saw Kill Creek, a Hudson River tributary.

About one-quarter of New York State’s land is used to produce food. New York ranks third in the United States for milk and dairy production.  The Bard College Farm produces produce for the campus dining hall.  The College's food service provider hired a full time Sustainability Food Advocate in 2014 who was charged with carrying out the Real Food Challenge.  Bard has now taken that position in house and welcomed Katrina Light, the Director of Food Sustainability (klight@bard.edu) in 2017.

Maps and Trails
The cranberry bog at the Bard College Farm.

Maps and Trails

Bard has received funding from the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program to do a trails study near the  Saw Kill Creek.  The College is seeking comments from the public over the summer. 

Walkable Bard Map—Bard is walkable; most campus buildings are within half a mile of Kline Commons.

Map of Residential Ride to Red Hook and Tivoli—Bike map with safer routes to both Red Hook and Tivoli, away from Route 9G.

Farms of Red Hook Map—Detailed map and information about the Red Hook farms.

Bard to Farms Map—Nearby pick-your-own farms and farmer's markets with distances to Bard.

Hike Tivoli Bays Map—NYS Department of Environmental Conservation bike and walking path to Tivoli with a trailhead in the Performing Arts Center parking lot (lot farthest to left/west).

Guidelines and Policies

  • Click here to see our STARS submission for the Bard College grounds, which describes our Integrated Pest Management, native plants, wildlife management, Tree Campus USA status, snow and ice removal policies, and compost program.